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WPTavern: The First Release of WordPress Turns 15 Years Old

WPTavern: The First Release of WordPress Turns 15 Years Old

This Sunday, May 27th, marks the 15th anniversary of the first release of WordPress. Users are celebrating the occasion across the world with huge cakes, cupcakes, memorable photos, parties, and meetups.
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To see if there is an event near you, visit the official WordPress 15th anniversary site and type your city into the search box. You can also follow the festivities on Twitter by browsing the #WP15 hashtag.

If you’re thinking about hosting a party and want to use the WordPress logo on a cake or other bakery items, you’re in luck. The WordPress Foundation has amended the WordPress Trademark Policy to allow people to put the logo on baked goods.

*** Attention: If you’re interested in putting the WordPress logo on a cake, cookie, cupcake, babka, or other celebratory food in honor of the WordPress 15th Anniversary… yes, this is OK under the Trademark policy. ***

WordPress Trademark Policy

In 2015, we highlighted 93Digital‘s WordPress Time Machine. The company has continued to update the timeline with images of the WordPress 4.6, 4.7, 4.8, and 4.9 backends along with their default themes. The timeline is a quick way to see how WordPress has evolved over 15 years.


93Digital WordPress Time Machine

Don’t forget that you can use the coupon code CELEBRATEWP15 to take 15% off any swag you purchase on the WordPress Swag store. The coupon code is good through the end of the year.

Will you be celebrating WordPress’ birthday this weekend? If so, how and where? Let us know!


This Sunday, May 27th, marks the 15th anniversary of the first release of WordPress. Users are celebrating the occasion across the world with huge cakes, cupcakes, memorable photos, parties, and meetups.. Now that’s a cake! #wp15 pic.twitter.com/i8lAr4SLsO— WordPress Cape Town (@WPCapeTown) May 24, 2018 To see if there is an event near you, visit the official WordPress 15th anniversary site and type your city into the search box. You can also follow the festivities on Twitter by browsing the #WP15 hashtag. If you’re thinking about hosting a party and want to use the WordPress logo on a cake or other…

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 317 – Minor Major Major Minor Release

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 317 – Minor Major Major Minor Release

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss Adobe’s acquisition of Magento, feedback regarding WordPress 4.9.6, when 4.9.7 might ship, an unofficial WordCamp app for iOS, and whether or not it’s time for WordPress auto updates to occur for every version. I describe what it’s like having poison ivy on my face and my continuing woes with lawn care equipment.

Stories Discussed:

Adobe to acquire Magento for $1.68B
WordPress 4.9.7 will include patch to fix an issue that caused fatal 500 errors
You can use the WordPress logo on bakery goods to celebrate WordPress’ birthday
Marcel Schmitz Releases Unofficial WordCamp for iOS App
Music: A Gutenberg-Powered Theme
GDPR for WordPress Developers: Announcing the (Free) Anonymization Addon   
BuddyPress 3.0.0 “Apollo”

Picks of the Week:

Panic Mode the card game. A cooperative card game of office politics during Disaster Recovery for up to 8 players.

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In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss Adobe’s acquisition of Magento, feedback regarding WordPress 4.9.6, when 4.9.7 might ship, an unofficial WordCamp app for iOS, and whether or not it’s time for WordPress auto updates to occur for every version. I describe what it’s like having poison ivy on my face and my continuing woes with lawn care equipment. Stories Discussed: Adobe to acquire Magento for $1.68B WordPress 4.9.7 will include patch to fix an issue that caused fatal 500 errors You can use the WordPress logo on bakery goods to celebrate WordPress’ birthday Marcel Schmitz Releases Unofficial…

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WPTavern: Why Sites Didn’t Automatically Update to WordPress 4.9.6

WPTavern: Why Sites Didn’t Automatically Update to WordPress 4.9.6

WordPress 4.9.6 was released last week and was labeled a minor release. Minor releases trigger WordPress’ automatic update system. Shortly after its release, some users began questioning why their sites were not automatically updating to 4.9.6. I wondered the same thing after logging into a site I maintain and discovering it had not updated.

It turns out that the WordPress Development team disabled the auto update system after discovering that a few plugins were incorrectly loading the new privacy features and triggering fatal 500 errors on the frontend of user’s sites.

The issue stems from privacy code that includes a file that was not expected to be loaded without the rest of the WordPress admin. Mika Epstein, a volunteer member of the plugin review team, personally contacted the affected plugin developers last weekend to help rectify the issue.

A recent scan of the WordPress plugin directory shows that there are no other plugins incorrectly loading the privacy code. However, automatic updates for WordPress 4.9.6 remain disabled until the release of WordPress 4.9.7.

WordPress 4.9.7 will fix the issue described above and include a few other bug fixes. Since auto updates will be enabled for 4.9.7, sites running on 4.9.5 should auto update to 4.9.7 when it’s released. WordPress 4.9.7 is expected to be released sometime after the Memorial Day holiday (Monday, May 28th). Until then, users will need to manually update to 4.9.6.


WordPress 4.9.6 was released last week and was labeled a minor release. Minor releases trigger WordPress’ automatic update system. Shortly after its release, some users began questioning why their sites were not automatically updating to 4.9.6. I wondered the same thing after logging into a site I maintain and discovering it had not updated. It turns out that the WordPress Development team disabled the auto update system after discovering that a few plugins were incorrectly loading the new privacy features and triggering fatal 500 errors on the frontend of user’s sites. The issue stems from privacy code that includes a…

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WPTavern: Marcel Schmitz Releases Unofficial WordCamp for iOS App

WPTavern: Marcel Schmitz Releases Unofficial WordCamp for iOS App

Marcel Schmitz, founder of hellodev, has released WordCamp for iOS for free on the App Store. The app utilizes the WordPress REST API endpoints from WordCamp Central and hellodev to display sessions, speakers, and news from an event’s official site.

Schmitz used WordCamp Porto to test features within the app. Sessions are displayed in a timeline and if you give the app permission to access your device’s calendar, you can add sessions to it and create reminders.


Session Timeline

When viewing a session in the app, the screen displays the time the session takes place, name of the speaker with a quick link to a bio, session description, and a section at the bottom to write notes.

There’s also an option on the top-right corner to mark sessions as favorites. However, during testing, marking a session as a favorite would crash the app.


Take Notes While Watching a Session

The app displays all of the necessary information concerning the event without the need to browse to the actual site. Schmitz says he plans to add more information about the city, venue, and the ability to call an UBER in future updates.

WordCamp is a trademark of the WordPress Foundation. Although Schmitz clearly states that WordCamp for iOS is not the official app for all WordCamps, he does not mention receiving permission from the Foundation to use WordCamp in the name. Unless his app is adopted to be the official App for iOS devices, it’s likely he will need to change the name.

Searching the App Store for WordCamp only produces two results. Schmitz’s app and a WordCamp EU Paris Guide. There’s an official WordCamp App for Android available on Google Play and GitHub but the project has seen little activity in the last three years.

WordCamp for iOS fills a void and gives users convenient access to a lot of relevant WordCamp information. To check it out for yourself, you can download it for free from the App Store.


Marcel Schmitz, founder of hellodev, has released WordCamp for iOS for free on the App Store. The app utilizes the WordPress REST API endpoints from WordCamp Central and hellodev to display sessions, speakers, and news from an event’s official site. Schmitz used WordCamp Porto to test features within the app. Sessions are displayed in a timeline and if you give the app permission to access your device’s calendar, you can add sessions to it and create reminders. Session Timeline When viewing a session in the app, the screen displays the time the session takes place, name of the speaker with…

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WPTavern: WordPress 4.9.6 Released With User Data Export and Removal Tools

WPTavern: WordPress 4.9.6 Released With User Data Export and Removal Tools

WordPress 4.9.6 has been released and is considered a privacy and maintenance release. Traditionally, minor versions contain security and bug fixes. This release is different as it includes a number of privacy related features such as:

  • Privacy Policy page template/creation
  • User Data Request Handling
  • User Data Export and Removal tools
  • Cookie Opt-in for Comments
  • Other features related to GDPR Compliance

Earlier this month, I reviewed the privacy features in 4.9.6 and since that post was published, the team has made a number of adjustments. For example, site admins will receive an email when a user confirms a personal data export or removal request and the text on the privacy policy template page has been simplified. 

The privacy features in WordPress 4.9.6 are largely the result of a new team of volunteers that was formed earlier this year. The team is already hard at work on improving these features for future versions of WordPress.

In addition to privacy enhancements, more than 50 bugs have been fixed. ‘Mine’ has been added as a filter in the WordPress Media Library and when viewing a plugin in the backend, it will display the minimum PHP version that’s required.

The WordPress Development team has published an update guide that provides links to technical information related to features in 4.9.6. In addition, there’s a guide available for Theme Authors as styling adjustments may be necessary.

As this is a minor release, sites are in the process of updating automatically. If you encounter an issue with 4.9.6, please report it on the Support Forums.


WordPress 4.9.6 has been released and is considered a privacy and maintenance release. Traditionally, minor versions contain security and bug fixes. This release is different as it includes a number of privacy related features such as: Privacy Policy page template/creation User Data Request Handling User Data Export and Removal tools Cookie Opt-in for Comments Other features related to GDPR Compliance Earlier this month, I reviewed the privacy features in 4.9.6 and since that post was published, the team has made a number of adjustments. For example, site admins will receive an email when a user confirms a personal data export…

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WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 316 – Stone Cold WordPress

WPTavern: WPWeekly Episode 316 – Stone Cold WordPress

While editing this episode, I noticed that my voice routinely goes from quiet to loud. I’m not sure why this is and suspect it has something to do with Windows 10. I apologize for the audio quality and will try to have it fixed by next week’s show.

In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the recent acquisition of the Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress plugin, rebuilding the WordPress edit screen, and an in-depth conversation on the concerns expressed surrounding WordPress 4.9.6. We send a shout out to Alex Mills, get an update on John’s stolen goats, and rant about lawn care power equipment.

Stories Discussed:

Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress (GADWP) is Now ExactMetrics
Warning: WordPress 4.9.6 Really is a Major Update
Rebuilding the WordPress Edit Screen
Medium’s latest pivot leaves some independent media in the lurch
Vision Update: Better Than Expected But Serious Damage Was Done

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While editing this episode, I noticed that my voice routinely goes from quiet to loud. I’m not sure why this is and suspect it has something to do with Windows 10. I apologize for the audio quality and will try to have it fixed by next week’s show. In this episode, John James Jacoby and I discuss the recent acquisition of the Google Analytics Dashboard for WordPress plugin, rebuilding the WordPress edit screen, and an in-depth conversation on the concerns expressed surrounding WordPress 4.9.6. We send a shout out to Alex Mills, get an update on John’s stolen goats, and…

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